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Color Block Placemat

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Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for supplying the yarn for this sample!

Before we talk about this fabulous yarn, can we talk about this fabulous table!? My dad made it for me! Isn’t it gorgeous? I’ve wanted a farmhouse-style dining table for years and I can’t believe it’s mine! And the fact that my dad made it makes it infinitely more special than anything I could’ve found in a store. (He’s in the process of making some benches for it, but until then, try to look past the totally-not-matching-chairs from my previous table.)

Color Block Placemat Crochet Pattern with Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn | Crochet Placemat Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

I decided to make some placemats for it; you know, for when guests come over and we pretend that we’re classier than we really are. I’ve been wanting to try Lion Brand Yarn’s 24/7 Cotton, and I had a hunch that placemats might be just the right project. Have you seen the color choices for this yarn? Beautiful!

Color Block Placemat Crochet Pattern with Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn | Crochet Placemat Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

About the Yarn

24/7 Cotton is a #4 medium weight yarn, although I’d definitely put it on the lighter side of the #4 family. It’s 100% mercerized cotton, which means it’s been treated with a process that brings out its brightness and sheen and helps it withstand multiple washings without losing that sheen. It comes in 186-yard skeins in a range of 24 gorgeous colors, from striking brights to natural-looking neutrals. It produces a stiffish (that’s probably not a real word) fabric, has a great balance of sheen and stitch definition, and doesn’t split at all during use. I’ve been seriously impressed with Lion Brand’s recently released yarns, and 24/7 Cotton is really no exception.

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Color Block Placemat Crochet Pattern with Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn | Crochet Placemat Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

 

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Color Block Placemat Crochet Pattern with Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn  |  Crochet Placemat Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Color Block Placemat Crochet Pattern

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Level: Easy

Size: 13"x18" (standard placemat size)

Hook: G (4.25mm) 

Yarn: About 75-80 yards per color block of #4 medium weight 100% mercerized cotton yarn. I used 24/7 Cotton (by Lion Brand) in color blocks of Lilac, White, Café Au Lait, and Ecru. (Helpful tip: 1 skein of each color will produce 2 placemats, but 2 skeins of each color will produce 5 placemats.)

You’ll also need: Yarn needle

Gauge: 10 rows of 10 SC = a 2.25" square

Abbreviations Used:
   ST (stitch)
   SL ST (slip stitch)
   SK (skip)
   CH (chain)
   SC (single crochet)
   HDC (half double crochet)
   SC+HDC (this just means to put a single crochet and a half double crochet in the same stitch)

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) Starting CHs do not count as stitches.

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To begin:
With first color, CH 55.

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. (54)

Rows 2-17: CH1, turn. HDC in 1st ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across until 1 ST remains. SC in remaining ST. (54)

Row 18: CH1, turn. SC in first ST and in each ST across. (54)

Helpful tip: The SCs in Rows 18 & 19 help us to create a nice straight line where color blocks come together. If we didn't add it, the color changes would have a more jagged edge.

Switch to a new color; fasten off previous color.

Row 19: CH1, turn. SC in first ST and in each ST across. (54)

Rows 20-35: CH1, turn. HDC in 1st ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across until 1 ST remains. SC in remaining ST. (54)

Row 36: CH1, turn. SC in first ST and in each ST across. (54)

For the two remaining color blocks: Switch to a new color and fasten off the previous color, then repeat Rows 19-36. (You will end with 4 color blocks totaling 72 rows.)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Color Block Placemat Crochet Pattern with Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn  |  Crochet Placemat Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Color Block Placemat Crochet Pattern with Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn  |  Crochet Placemat Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

 

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You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

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Little Monkeys Crochet
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  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
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  • Chelin Fusco April 18, 2016, 10:18 am

    Thank you for the lovely pattern. I enjoy making your patterns and always look forward to what ever is new with you. 🙂
    I love the table! Wow! My dad used to be crafty with wood. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of his handy work, not even the tools he used to have. I come from a large family and down at the bottom of the list (younger ones). But I have wonderful memories. Treasure this table and Never let go of it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Betsy Minor April 18, 2016, 10:25 am

    Hello Rebecca:
    Thank you for creating this wonderfully nice pattern. Thanks to you, I just discovered great Christmas presents.
    As this pattern was printing I came up with the thought of making a matching table runner using the same stitches and colors of course, however I am playing with the thought of two narrow color blocks on the sides and two wider in the middle. I think it would look better if in ran sideways instead of like it is on the placements
    How do you feel about it?
    Sincerely
    Betsy
    p.s. Your dad did an awesome job!

  • Gloria April 18, 2016, 10:43 am

    Thank you so much for allowing us to have some of your beautiful patterns. I thank you again.

  • Teresa April 18, 2016, 10:43 am

    Thank you so much for this very beautiful and lovely pattern. You’re really lucky having a crafty dad, enjoy him!!!

  • Gillian April 18, 2016, 11:21 am

    Love this pattern, I am uk based, so will try to get the yarn here, so much enjoy all your patterns, thank you for taking the time to share them. Gillian

  • Susan Imhoff Pace April 18, 2016, 12:11 pm

    Love this! I am soooooooooooo going to make these for my breakfast nook table, in colors to exactly coordinate with my kitchen!! ?

    • Susan Imhoff Pace July 11, 2016, 9:39 pm

      I made these placemats in white, red, gray, and black with Sugar n Cream 100% cotton yarn. They coordinate perfectly with my kitchen and breakfast nook. I cannot wait to make the Bubble Gum Accent Rug in the same yarn and colors to match. I wanted to attach a photo, but didn’t see an option to do so.

  • Marian Parker April 18, 2016, 12:52 pm

    Love the placemats like all your patterns, I also think your China is very pretty and the table (well done Dad)

  • Karen April 18, 2016, 1:06 pm

    I love these placemats. I will be making a few sets for gifts. Thank you so much for the pattern. Greatly appreciated! Karen

  • Tiff April 18, 2016, 1:37 pm

    That is cute!! The table your dad made you is awesome! I love farm tables! I recently have become addicted to Fixer Upper so I love everything farm related, haha! Hope you put pictures up of the table with benches when he’s done. Love your patterns!!

  • Ruth Owens April 18, 2016, 3:45 pm

    OH REbecca, that table is amazing…will your dad adopt me… lool. The placemats are beautiful and really accent the table. The colors you chose I think are really good choices for the table.

  • Sri April 18, 2016, 6:30 pm

    Hi Rebecca
    The place mat is simply stunning! The table is very beautiful, lucky you. Thank you for sharing wonderful pattern.

  • Izola April 18, 2016, 7:09 pm

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I am loving how simply beautiful these are! 🙂

  • Cindy mitchell April 18, 2016, 10:31 pm

    Just want to say thank you for sharing your lovely pattern. I have never taken the time to crochet placemats for myself, but I might now! ??

  • Aisha April 19, 2016, 1:37 am

    As always I’m a fan… i have made many of ur patterns. And this one is next, but the best thing about this blog, is the table ur daddy made u… how wonderful is this… my dad passed away may 24th 2015 @65 from stage 4 pancreatic cancer…. and I miss him like crazy….
    Ok thanks for always Givin us the best patterns

  • Helen April 19, 2016, 2:24 am

    Lovely place mats and table!
    I enjoy making your patterns and this particular stitch too. Thank you!

  • Solweig April 19, 2016, 2:32 am

    Hi Rebecca,
    I am a Mom of 3 ‘boys’ – 2 children and one husband 😉 – living in Western Germany.
    I really love your ideas and patterns, just when I need a rest from a stressy day full of football and all this stuff boys love 🙂
    Keep on pls. posting all this lovely stuff you are creating !
    yours Solweig

  • Audrey April 19, 2016, 8:17 am

    These are beautiful. I have been looking for a good placemat pattern for a while and this is the one I will make! It is a simple pattern but I love the texture. Thanks for devising this one.

  • Cindy April 19, 2016, 8:33 am

    Great placemats! Thank you for the pattern. I LOVE your dinnerware. Could you share the brand?

    • Rebecca April 21, 2016, 8:26 pm

      Thanks! It’s the Gourmet Collection by Oneida, and the pattern is Wicker. I’ve had them for 10 years so I don’t know if they’d be available anymore, but I’ve always loved them!

  • audrey April 21, 2016, 9:37 am

    I had to share a story about a beautiful table very similar to your Dad’s wonderful handiwork. My husband made me one back in 1981. I eventually gave it to my daughter who moved into a Victorian home in 1991. An antique dealer came in to see if there were any things in the home he wanted to purchase. He spotted the table and oohed and aahed over it and offered my daughter $1000 for it as it was “a priceless hand made antique of quality not seen today”. She refused because it was made by my husband. We told her to sell it for goodness sake! But she still has the table today. So guard your precious “hand made antique” as some day it may be as “valuable” as ours!.Tip from me for future generations, have your dad sign and date it somewhere underneath. Hope you enjoyed my little story. 🙂

  • Holly April 21, 2016, 11:37 am

    This pattern caught my eye in Pinterest. First-timer to your website and I am so excited to try out some of your wonderful patterns. They are just my style.

    Thanks again

  • Esty April 25, 2016, 12:04 pm

    Hi, I love the placemats unfortunately I don’t crochet. Do you have a pattern on how to knit those lovely placemats?
    Thank you, esty

    • Rebecca April 25, 2016, 12:32 pm

      I don’t knit, sorry 🙂

  • Elizabeth April 27, 2016, 3:05 pm

    That pattern sure is pretty. I’m busy making something else right now, but would love to make that in the future.

  • Danielle April 27, 2016, 4:33 pm

    These placemats are beautiful!!! I can’t wait to make some!
    Your dad did a fantastic job on that table. You lucky girl you can’t wait to see the benches he made for it.

  • Michelle J. April 29, 2016, 12:12 pm

    I love your ideas & patterns! I’m thinking of using the placemat pattern for sofa/chair arm covers.
    Thoughts?

    • Rebecca May 2, 2016, 2:01 pm

      Why not!

  • Dulce Maria Rodríguez Cruzado May 1, 2016, 12:02 am

    Mil gracias por tanta belleza que me permite ver y participar.no me imaginaba que se podía hacer tanta belleza

  • Marie Allen May 3, 2016, 7:52 pm

    I am going to attempt to make. I will let you know when done. Thanks

  • Christina Guzman May 15, 2016, 5:59 pm

    Question about the block placemat. In rows 2-17 if I skip stitch how does it still come out to 54 stitches.

    • Rebecca May 16, 2016, 8:04 am

      You’re skipping every other stitch, but you’re also putting two stitches in every other stitch (that’s what SC+HDC means), so it balances it out.

  • Tina Marie June 9, 2016, 11:31 am

    I love this pattern and can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks!

  • lynette a, miller June 18, 2016, 3:16 pm

    i don,t have a website i was just wonding if i could buy the PlaceMats from you already made and how much would they cost ok thank,s for your time ms, Lynette a, Miller

    • Rebecca June 20, 2016, 9:25 am

      The blog keeps me too busy these days to sell anything made-to-order, I’m sorry! There are lots of crochet groups on Facebook though, and since this is a free pattern you’d probably be able to find someone to make them for you 🙂

  • Ana ZM July 11, 2016, 8:19 pm

    So beautiful placemats! I want to make them as a wedding gift for my sister in law. Any idea of how many skeins would I need if I want to make 6 placemats? I was thinking on 3 of each because you said 2 can make 5 placemats. But I’m not sure if it would be too much yarn left, it will be my first time using this yarn. I’d appreciate your help! 🙂

    • Rebecca July 12, 2016, 9:29 am

      You can only get 5 placemats out of 2 skeins of each color, so you’d definitely need to get a 3rd in order to make 6. (And actually you’ll be able to make 7 from that, or you can save the yarn for another project!)

      • Ana ZM July 12, 2016, 6:26 pm

        Thank you very much for the fast response! I’ll buy the yarn now and start my project. I hope they look as beautiful as yours. Thanks 😀

  • Lola July 29, 2016, 11:44 pm

    I am getting all my yarn together this weekend. I just have one question. Do you work these stitches in the last stitch or the whole entire stitch? I will appreciate anyones answer to this questions.
    Thanks.

    • Rebecca July 31, 2016, 8:25 pm

      I’m not sure I understand your question.

      • Lola July 31, 2016, 9:08 pm

        If you do a single crochet, you have a front loop and a back loop, right? According to directions on how to do a hdc, they state, it should be done in the back loop. Does that make sense? What I am asking is do you do the sc and hdc through both loops?

      • Lola P. July 31, 2016, 9:09 pm

        You do not specify if you work the sc and hdc through both loops.

        • Rebecca July 31, 2016, 11:06 pm

          Oh, I see. In crochet, all basic stitches (including HDC) are worked in both loops unless specifically noted in the pattern. I’m not sure where you heard otherwise but the information was inaccurate. 🙂

          • lola August 1, 2016, 1:57 pm

            Thanks you for clearing that up. Now I can start. YIPPEE!

  • Patricia Crow October 2, 2016, 1:11 am

    I love this placemat but I guess I am the only one that is having a problem with it. At the end of Row 2 are there 3 stitches next to each other without a “skip” ? I have counted and recounted and I have 54 sso.Thank you for your help and for the pattern. Placemat patterns are hard to find.

    • Rebecca October 3, 2016, 10:01 am

      Yes there would be three at the end because essentially what you’re doing is splitting up an sc/hdc combo and putting part of it at one beginning of a row and part of it at the end (this just helps keep the edges straight). If you follow the instructions as written it works out. I hope that helps and that I understood your question 🙂

  • Stefani October 5, 2016, 6:41 pm

    Hi!

    Great pattern! My stitches are turning out just like the ones in the photo, however, I purchased bernat handicrafter cotton for these. According to your yardage (35-40 yards) per colour block, I should get 2 placements out of 1 set of skeins (each have 80 yards in them), however, I have just finished the entire first skein and still have 8 sc to finish in row 18 of the first placemat…Wondering if I’ve done something wrong or if it’s just because of the yarn. Used a G hook (4.25 mm)…

    • Rebecca October 11, 2016, 9:48 am

      Hello! You’re correct in one respect — the yardage per color block should actually be about 75. Not sure how on earth I managed to put 35. That said, regarding being able to get 2 placemats from one skein – that only applies if you’re using the recommended yarn, or a yarn with similar yardage in the skein. 24/7 Cotton has 186 yards per skein. If you are using something with only 80 yards, then no, you definitely won’t be able to get as many placemats from it. 🙂

  • Dee Couvillon October 13, 2016, 6:34 pm

    Rebecca don’t worry about your dining chairs not matching your table. Haven’t you noticed that todays’ designers are using ALL nonmatching chairs…My youngest daughter works for an interior design company and the designers there mix the chairs up a lot. Anyway, I love your table. You’re very lucky to have a Dad that can make things like that.
    Sorry about the mix-up on the free patterns. I just didn’t understand .

  • Debra November 12, 2016, 7:38 pm

    Thank you for the use of this pattern. looking forward to starting.

  • Sarah November 18, 2016, 9:56 am

    I’m wondering about rows 2-17. Is it hdc, skip, sc/hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc, etc across? Or is it: hdc, skip, sc/hdc, hdc, skip, sc/hdc, etc across?

    • Rebecca November 18, 2016, 5:08 pm

      “Rows 2-17: CH1, turn. HDC in 1st ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across until 1 ST remains. SC in remaining ST. (54)”

      You only repeat the sequence that is in the parentheses. So you will do that first initial HDC as instructed; that is not repeated at all. Then you’ll do the (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) over and over again (SK, SC+HDC, SK, SC+HDC, SK, SC+HDC, etc) until one stitch remains. Then you’ll SC in that last stitch.

      • Sarah November 18, 2016, 5:17 pm

        Thank you so much! I wasn’t sure what part to repeat and I’m still a beginner. I was wondering why it wasn’t looking right. Thank you again

  • Tania December 3, 2016, 3:09 pm

    Is there a video? Sorry I a new and videos help me out so much! Love this pattern!

    • Rebecca December 3, 2016, 4:42 pm

      There isn’t, sorry!

  • Shannon March 7, 2017, 3:39 pm

    I loved this pattern but my parents wanted a thinner placemat. I used your instructions and used the moss stitch. Everyone that has seen the placemats want me to make them in their colors. I keep directing them to your website. Thanks for the pattern.

  • Dóra Badó April 9, 2017, 4:04 pm

    Many many thanks for this tutorial. I’m new into crochet and this one is the first bigger project that I’ve started 🙂 I could not find the same yarn, so in the end the number of stiches in each row and number of rows was different but the patterns is so lovely 🙂 Hope you are having fun with your little monkey 😉 Thanks again for the lovely tutorial. Crochet is becoming more and more of a journey for me 🙂 Dóra

  • Sandy April 12, 2017, 4:06 pm

    I absolutely love these and can’t wait to start them. As a beginner, this is one pattern that I know I can do. I just ordered the yarn!

  • Jean May 1, 2017, 7:16 am

    Have been searching for such a project like this for a long time. Thank you. Pray and trust you and your family are well, especially the new addition. Bless you all.

  • Cortney May 15, 2017, 4:48 pm

    Hello!! I love these and want to make them for my mom! What are the names of the colors? I’m not sure which purple to use. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  • Nina June 3, 2017, 12:40 pm

    Thank you .. gorgeous placemats and your table is such a wonderful gift from your father’s hands.

    I’ve never worked with cotton before. I’m making these as a gift using Lily Sugar n’Cream. I want to give her explicit washing and drying instructions. Truthfully, I want to stand right there with her each time she washes them… total control freak. 🙂

    1. If I block them, will they shrink or of back to original shape after washing & drying?

    2. Should I wash & dry them before giving? Cold water – low heat…. before or after blocking?

    TIA

    • Rebecca June 6, 2017, 8:04 pm

      I have very limited experience with blocking as I never do it. I can tell you that my experience with Lily Sugar & Cream is that it stretches out and fades when washed.